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story.lead_photo.caption Little Rock police detectives examine bullet holes in the wall of Eastview Terrace Apartments on East 13th and Geyer streets, where a man was fatally shot on Jan. 8, 2018. - Photo by Benjamin Krain

The first confirmed homicide of the year in Little Rock, which left an 18-year-old dead, was ruled justified Friday, authorities said.

The Pulaski County prosecutor’s office filed the ruling, designating the Jan. 8 shooting death of Antwan Anderson as self-defense, Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley said. Jegley said that Arkansas law is "very specific on justification in use of force and deadly force."

Anderson fired shots at an SUV occupied by a 26-year-old and his 1-year-old child, the Democrat-Gazette previously reported. The driver of another vehicle saw Anderson shoot and returned fire.

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  • Nodmcm
    November 6, 2018 at 5:03 a.m.

    Finally, a good guy with a gun, a passerby apparently, pulled out his lawfully-carried firearm and shot down a street criminal attempting murder. We have been waiting for this for a long time. What's the use of everyone toting a firearm if they fail or refuse to use them to fight street crime? We should commend the citizen-shooter who ended this criminal attack by Mr. Anderson. He risked both injury and prison to take action in this case.

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